Base Camp Diving

Enjoy an exclusive, catered diving expedition with an experienced dive master and camp crew with a basecamp model just off of La Paz, B.C.S. Our Espíritu Santo Island Eco Camp offers comfortable amenities in a Natural Protected Area. Using the camp as a base, dive two or three tanks each day, visiting some of the most spectacular sites around the protected area of Isla Espiritu Santo — including underwater sea mounts, reefs, and wrecks! There is even a unique underwater art installation turned natural reef to explore — our company founder was a key consultant on the placement of the work.   

Our flexible itineraries allow you to choose among sites that have earned the Sea of Cortez its moniker as the Aquarium of the World, with its increasing protected status and growing reputation for diving excellence. When not diving, you can kayak in protected coves, hike up desert canyons, or swim and snorkel. Baja Expeditions founder Tim Means played a key role, together with a supportive community, in orchestrating the designation of the Espíritu Santo Island group as a natural protected area. We hold the first and, to date, one of the very few minimum-impact base camp permits, and you may have neighbors down the beach including local school groups supporting ecology and conservation projectsa portion of the proceeds from your expedition goes to support this local programming.

At your request, we can arrange for rescue, advanced and instructor training courses at of our Eco Camp. We typically offer 2 to 3 dives per day during the expedition. You customize the length of your stay, with a two-night minimum. Rental of regulator and BCD is separate.

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Trip Details

Start/End Destinations
Start: La Paz
End: La Paz

Activity
Scuba Diving

Expedition Type
Eco Camp

Age Range
Little Ones — Grandparents

Trip Rating
Medium — plenty of action, plenty of breaks

Season
October — April

Trip Duration
2 — 6 nights

Crew
Naturalist Guide/Dive Master, Boat Captain, Chef, Camp Crew

Support Vessel
Panga Motor Skiff

Camping
Safari-style Walk-in Tent

Itinerary Details

  • USD $300 per person per night (2 days, 2 dives/ day)
  • Groups of 3 or more: USD $270 per person per night (2 days, 2 dives/ day)
  • 2 night minimum
  • Our flexible itineraries are designed to change with weather, tides and animals' habits
  • We can arrange a range of hotel/accommodation options in La Paz on either end of your visit
  • First and last day Panga boat ride to & from Espiritu Santo Island
  • 2-3 dives per day based on dive master and captain's local knowledge — El Bajo, Salvatierra, Swanee Reef, Los Islotes California sea lion rookery, and much more
  • Explore remote coves of Archipelago Natural Protected Area
  • Sessions with naturalist

Gear Provided

Expedition gear, plus equipment for kayak, SUP, snorkel, and bird watching
Dive gear provided: tanks (average 3/ day), weights 

Food & Drinks

  • Local seafood, healthy Mexican & International cuisine
  • Local fresh juices and waters
  • Cerveza, wine, spirits by request — in moderation

Other Cool Stuff

  • Kayak and paddleboard use at camp
  • Bird watching
  • Day hiking
  • Want to see more?  Visit our Photo Gallery
  • Contributions to preserve Wild Baja are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!

What Should You Bring?

  • Personal clothes and gear: 
~ November — March: layers for sun, cold and wind*
~ April — October: layers for sun, heat and wind*
(*detailed packing list in Welcome Packet)
  • Diving Gear - Your personal BCD & regulator, dive computer, mask, fins, wetsuit
  • Camera
  • Willingness to explore
  • Art supplies, if desired
  • Gratuities for BE team at your discretion
     
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